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Stephansdom - St. Stephen's Cathedral
Visit St. Stephen's Cathedral - Stephansdom, one of Vienna’s most famous sights. St. Stephen's Cathedral defines the city centre and has been the heart of Vienna for centuries. It is one of the most famous Viennese sights and was built in 1147 AD. For a long time it was uncontested as highest building in Europe measuring almost 137 m.
Duke Rudolf IV of Habsburg ordered the complete restructuring of the church in Gothic style. In 1359, he laid the cornerstone of the nave with its two aisles. The South Tower, was completed in 1433 (the Viennese have given it the nickname "Steffl," representative of the whole cathedral).
The cathedral has got two very
impressive features: The gigantic roof, and the tall,
lean tower (136,7 metres of hight). One can find only
few gothic towers of such height that were finished in the
Middle Ages. Inside the Cathedral there are many art treasures
like the tomb of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1754), the Altarpiece
of Wiener Neustadt, the pulpit by Anton Pilgram (1514-15),
the sepulcher of Emperor Frederik III by Niclas Gerhaert (1467-1513),
the watchman`s lookout, a self portrait of the sculptor, and
the Gothic winged altar.
Many myths are being told about Vienna's
famous landmark: Find out about this weird indentation of
the wall at the left side of the main entrance, which was
used to measure the size of a loaf of bread by dissatisfied
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